Wednesday, March 28, 2007
So to change the subject totally, I'm going to do a post about Miss Milly. Here she is, little munchkin that she is. Now we don't go to FDC anymore and with Grace being in Kindy four half days a week, her and I are always together, we are the team! She is like my little handbag, I take her everywhere! Except for when I go to work of course which is an interesting comparison as a part time position has just become available where I work. I currently just do Thursday nights 5-9 and Saturdays 9-5 which is just perfect really as Daz is able to look after them, its a nice arrangement, I am happy with it. But now this part time position has come up and two ladies at work have "strongly advised" that I apply for the position. Which has got me thinking about it all. I'd love to do a few more shifts at work but I just can't! I can't do it to Milly! She's too little, I don't want to hand her over to someone else for the sake of a few more shifts. Not yet, maybe this time next year, then Grace will be in full time preschool and Milly will be just that bit older. And maybe I'll be a bit more ready too.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
They had lots of lovely bolts of fabric today! So I went a bit crazy and brought a metre each of the above. The bottom three prints I already have in my fabric stash but am down to the last scrappy few cms. The pink big dotted print in the middle is the same design as that green dress I made earlier this year. And the top two prints are very cute and perfect for spring, can't explain why I had to buy them as winter is coming! Just had to get them!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Now Hugo's quilt is out the way I have recommenced work on this quilt. Just so refreshing to work on something not blue! Hopefully will get the top finished by the weekend so I can take it up to Mum's and get her to help me sandwich it again! Just have another row of squares to sew down the left side, then I'm thinking another 1.5 inch boarder of the lime green, then for the binding a deeper green? Or hot pink?? The lime green looks a bit odd in this photo but in real life it matches to the green in a few of the prints.
Must admit the design is a bit plain, just squares. I'm thinking of doing some diagonally quilting criss cross effect to add some interest?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Thanks for the lovely ladies who suggested what I should do with that final boarder, to stipple or not to stipple, that was the question! I ended up doing a meandering stipple and it fitted in perfect with the rest of the quilting. Interestingly enough I had to adjust my machines tension to 7 instead of the usual 4 to stop it from pulling on the back.
I am never going to win any awards for my quilting, my binding is always wonky, my stitches in the ditches are always in the ditches! I use polyestor cotton at times! Shock! Horror!! The quilt never lays flat and my mitered corners..... But quilting is not about that is it? Hugo is 15 days old today and he lives the other side of Australia. I was his Mum's bridesmaid back in 2002 and I made this quilt just for him. To spew on, poo on, snuggle under and sit on. Welcome to the world Hugo! Wishing you sweet dreams always under this quilt.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Can't wait to get stuck into it now. Its going to seem strange though sitting down but think I'll get used to that quick enough!
Friday, March 16, 2007
What is your favourite appliance?
What item would you love the most from your swap partner?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Am in a deliema though. The final boarder of strips is not quilted. To do a meander stipple or just leave it as it is? Its a nice contrast but am wondering will it look a bit odd?
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
A fillet of North West Snapper baked on a bed of rock salt, with a crust/sauce layer of lemongrass, corrainder and chilli. Served with steamed potato's and beans and pan fried asparagus. And of course a few glasses of an unwooded Chardonnay, from Poets Corner in New South Wales. It was all very lovely.
Didn't do any sewing at all over the weekend, which was dissappointing. Worked all day Saturday, then today we had my Grandma's 90th birthday lunch at a picnic in a park which all the kids loved, 11 great grandkids where there, everyone else had 3 kids except for us, rocking up with the girls! I got asked once if I was pregnant, think my top was too tight and I do still have a post baby belly.... But I got asked twice if I had made the tops that the girls were wearing, I hadn't though, they were Ingrid's. The one's I have made for the girls recently were in the wash! Grandma did say how pleased she was that 3 out of 4 of her grandaughters have taken up sewing as she was a seamstress hereslf in the "Olden Days".
Friday, March 09, 2007
Then, last night, I get home from work and sit down on the computer and have a blog surf (as you do!) to find AJ has finished all her blocks! All 36 of them!!! Check them out here. So that really inspired me today to get a move along. Thankfully I am only doing 18! Here is the birth of one of them, interesting watching how it goes together.
So here we have the first two blocks slashed and sewn back together. Nice and simple so far, hearts and spots.
Then I slash it again and sew another bit on it that has been slashed from another block.
Then I cut it up the middle and take another block that has had the same thing done to it, and sewn it back together. So a total of 4 cuts across the block.
Time to rotate it and slash it down the middle and to sew another block to it. Starting to get interesting. See where I cut it before I took the photo? Got a bit excitied there.
And now another bit is sewn on, so the fabric on the right hand side of the pict, will stay consistant for the rest of the block.
And then the last slash to produce the finished block. So 3 slashes the this direction, 4 the other. Bit of an interesting hodge podge of patterns and textures.
Hope all that made sense! So I have 18 blocks and I'm going to make a 4 x 4 block lap quilt, so I'll only need 16 blocks in total. AJ and I are going to now swap 8 finished blocks back to each other. I've written that here AJ so I won't go and change my mind! LOL
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
One of my oldest and dearest girl friends had her second child on Monday, a little boy called Hugo and that has geared me up to finish his quilt! I have done a meandering stipple with a swirly loveheart in the middle. I wanted it to be just spot on and so I brought two different marking pens to draw the design on but neither of them showed up, so I ended up just going free hand which is always a bit dangerous as I'm scared of stuffing it up, but so far so good! The outside yellow boarder showed up the marker pen easily, so I got one of those stencil templates from my local Spotlight and traced this around the boarder. Not perfect in places, but am pleased with the effect. Can't wait to wash it to see what it looks like without that cyan texta outline!
Monday, March 05, 2007
Look out ABC for Kids, there's a new girl on the block! Very excitied here in our house today as we have just signed a deal with the ABC for Gracie Lou!
Daz is just beaming, he has worked so hard on this, its all a sureal dream come true. Fancy an animation concept dreamed up by a Mum and Dad in suburbian Perth, getting on telly! We are pinching oursleves!
No idea when they'll start showing it on the ABC, this year definately, we'll keep you posted!
Friday, March 02, 2007
Finally finished off these two tops below for the girls. It was the button holes that held me up. I have an auto buttonhole maker foot for my machine so sewing the actual button hole is no hassle, just the time to get around and do it! Tweaked this design so it sits better on Milly, fits her perfectly. I really like this pink print, good thing as I still have like 3 metres left, despite this being the fifth item of clothing I have made from it!
And for Grace's. I used some more of my green op shop fabric. I don't think green is her colour though, she looks a bit washed out in it in real life. I like the feel of this fabric and the way it falls but its a bugger to work with, It has pulled in two sections on the back bodice from me sewing in the button holes. Its just too fragile for my patience. Sticking to new fabric from now on.